Washington State’s new round of retail licensing will end with the month of March, the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) announced on Tuesday in a press release.
And it looks as though the state already has filled its quota, even though the licensing round is technically still open for a few more weeks.
The new licensing round, which began last October, has produced a total of 1,270 applications, with just 222 new licenses up for grabs.
Of those, 162 qualify as Priority 1, which means the applicant is a medical cannabis dispensary that’s been in operation since before 2013, has a history of paying taxes and obeying local laws, and applied for a rec license before July 2014. Another 63 are Priority 2, meaning any other MMJ dispensary that didn’t apply for a rec license but has a history of paying taxes and obeying the law.
A whopping 879 applicants are Priority 3, which means they just don’t fit into either of the other two categories.